Tennessee legislation would seal police body cam footage

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Posted: Mar 28, 2016 4:09 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would seal police body camera footage from the public is gaining traction in the Tennessee Legislature as open records and civil rights advocates cry foul.

Supporters of the legislation say it protects bystanders, crime victims and officers as lawmakers and open government supporters come up with a law that all sides can agree upon. Those opposed worry that the measure will keep the public in the dark, possibly for years, in cases where there are serious questions about police brutality.

The proposal comes in the form of an amendment that would put a one-year moratorium on any video or audio recordings used by police.